By Ellen Wulfhorst FORT HOOD, Texas (Reuters) - Prosecutors in the trial of U.S. Army Major Nidal Hasan on Wednesday asked the jury to sentence him to death for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, saying the convicted gunman is a criminal and "never will be a martyr." The military jury of 13 officers who convicted Hasan of killing 13 people and wounding 31 others, most of them unarmed soldiers, began deliberations to decide his punishment at about 11 a.m. Central Time. ...
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — U.N. chemical weapons experts on Wednesday took biological samples from several victims of last week's purported poison gas attack east of Damascus, activists said, as Western powers laid the groundwork for a possible punitive military strike and the U.N. chief pleaded for more time for diplomacy.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials are still grappling with how to design a military strike to deter future chemical weapons attacks in Syria and assessing how President Bashar Assad might respond, two senior officials said Wednesday, as the Obama administration insisted the Syrian government must be punished.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Taking stock of progress both made and still to come, Americans of all backgrounds and colors massed on the National Mall on Wednesday to hear President Barack Obama and civil rights pioneers commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech on the same spot where he gave unforgettable voice to the struggle for racial equality 50 years earlier.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fifty years ago Wednesday, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in the nation's capital. The speech was a rousing call to arms that bolstered the growing civil rights movement, and many argue it helped lead to major legislation passed by Congress a few years later.